We have many franchises that we all love and adore and always want to give our money to. However, sometimes, it seems like we have just had enough of these franchises, and either want them to take a break, or just stop for a few years or even a console generation. This is just a personal opinion list so if you don’t like what you see, that is fine with me. I am not here to make a huge argument, I am here to tell you all what franchises I personally think need to take a break or stop for a bit. Before we start with the list, let me get a few honorable mentions out of the way. Oh wait, I don’t have any, so let us get started then! This is my Top 8 Franchises/Games That Need to Take a Break or Just Need to Stop! 8. Call of Duty
Now, it might seem obvious I would put this specific franchise first, but as you will see with all my choices here, it isn’t because I think they are overrated or anything of that matter. I decided to start with this franchise due to my opinion that this franchise is the perfect example of a series of games that just need to take a break. Activision is pumping out a Call of Duty every single year, and while I don’t have a problem with them personally, the sales have started to stop being in the 20 billion area, and it does seem like each game, while slightly different from one another, is the same thing. I mean, the last couple of Call of Duty games have been either Black Op or Modern Warfare. Activision either needs to use a different setting, and make each entry as different as possible, or just stop making them and focus on some new IP. Again, nothing against the games personally, but please take a break, Call of Duty.
7. Madden Football games and sport games in general.
I think the common opinion is that there needs to be some kind of stopping point for Madden and sport games in general. They are the only franchise/group of games that come out annually, and in that sense, it is a problem. For one, there is no other competing franchise to fight against Madden or a lot of the Major League sports games. It also doesn’t help that each game feels like it’s the same thing besides a change in team roster and some gameplay tweaks. I put this entry on this part of the list since it has KIND OF slowed down a bit with the basketball series from EA, and the wrestling video games have kind of slowed down a bit, but not by much. I also think they need to probably just take their time with each entry in the franchise. If they are going to keep releasing these games annually, at least make them a 15 dollar or so downloadable patch that updates everything so gamers can have more space on their gaming shelves for other games and not have one entire shelf committed to these sport games. I also get that they want to make a realistic sports simulator game, but in all honesty, I think we’d rather have the more arcade-style gameplay and just skip the realism that is being put into these games. I know this won’t happen, but who knows? It might!
6. Assassin’s Creed
Yeah, you knew reading the title of this list that Ubisoft was going to be a target here. I also put them low since they do focus on other high quality products like Watch Dogs and Rayman. However, they do have Assassin’s Creed that comes out yearly and, well, you see why it’s on the list. At first, they took their time with Assassin’s Creed 2 and that game was awesome, but right after that, we got Brotherhood in 2010, Revelations in 2011, and Assassin’s Creed 3 in 2012. Graphically, this franchise did take a bit of a nose dive in quality during the 2010-2012 years because they kept reusing the same game engine, and then the graphics became a bigger issue as the games were released. Assassin’s Creed 3 looks better, but still. It doesn’t help that there were many spin-off titles released between the main entries of the franchise and were not well received. Plus, when they announced Assassin’s Creed 4 a few months after Assassin’s Creed 3 was released, people were excited, but there was more like a “really? Why can’t we take a break for a year or more?” While the allure of being a pirate assassin is awesome since the ship battles were well done in Assassin’s Creed 3, I can kind of tell there is a bit of burnout among the fans of this franchise.
5. Dragon Ball Z games
Shortest explanation in the world, the games suck and keep sucking, they all basically play the same, they come out yearly when no one is really requesting them, and did I say that they suck already? Yeah, I pretty much did.
4. Dynasty Warriors and Dynasty Warrior-like games
A lot of people might argue with this, but I find the Dynasty Warrior games to have a rather boring and cheap feeling. Sure, I love some of these kinds of games, like Capcom’s Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes for the PS3, Bladestorm: The Hundred Years’ War, and One Piece Pirate Warriors, and used to play them with my friends, but that doesn’t change that they are all basically the same game. They all might have little changes to the formula, but you know you can easily just mash the attack button, not give two hoots about what additional changes were made to the game’s formula, and win most fights like that. I guess I would consider a few of the games like the ones I mentioned above kind of guilty pleasures, since I know a lot of them are not that deep of games gameplay wise, but I still have fun with them. However, I wish the developers behind these games like Omega Force, who are owned by Techmo Koei, could do something different. Work on a new IP that doesn’t look like a budget title for most of the series and have AI that has a higher intelligence score than a lemming, so I just don’t have to press the X button over and over and over and over and over and over and MOVING ON!
3. Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy 9, Final Fantasy 6, Final Fantasy 4, Final Fantasy 5, Final Fantasy Tactics War of the Lions, and Final Fantasy Adventure. What do all these Final Fantasy games have in common besides having Final Fantasy in every single title? THEY WERE GOOD AND FUN GAMES!!!!! Now then, Final Fantasy 13, Final Fantasy 14, and Final Fantasy 13-2. What do all of those games have in common? THEY WERE TERRIBLE! Don’t get me wrong, if you like some of these games, that is fine, I just think that there is a sign that Square Enix kind of doesn’t know what they are doing with their franchise, since if Final Fantasy 12 wasn’t as big of a fan base split, then Final Fantasy 13 made an even BIGGER and more negative split between the fan base. Oh, and don’t forget about that PC Final Fantasy that just got panned due to tedious micro-transactions, causing the game to not be fun. I mean, what was wrong with Final Fantasy after 9? Sure, I have some mixed feelings about certain aspects of Final Fantasy 10, but I still enjoyed it. The most recent ones however just did nothing for me, and I consider them in my top 10 worst RPG’s list. Plus, there must be something wrong with them if they thought we wanted a third, I repeat, THIRD GAME from the Final Fantasy 13 universe. Either they need to bring the series back to its roots before they go into the higher double digit titles or just give it up. They won’t reach the Final Fantasy 7 numbers in sales, and they never will be as good as they were in the past.
2. Gears of War
These next two are directed at Microsoft because I feel like they just don’t get it when we want to see something new and not the same old stuff. Gears of War is a good example, along with the game series after this. Again, I don’t think this series is the worst thing in the world. In fact, when I took some gaming classes at my community college, I played the PC version of the first game and had fun with it. It just seems like I and many others have had it with seeing the burley marines with chainsaw guns going around. I know the new game that was just released has gotten some good reviews and it looks fun, but it looked like the entire fan base is like, “eh, it’s just another Gears game”. Nobody hated it, but not everyone liked it as much as the past games. Let us hope the developer Epic takes a break from this franchise to make something new! I know they have some new IP that they are working on, but still.
Microsoft. I plead with you, let this franchise go! I know we have two more games that will probably be out on your next console, but really? Why did we need 3 more games after the 5 games that we had? Sure, Halo is a fun franchise. I usually play this franchise with friends, but in all honesty, not a whole lot has changed with the franchise. Even the most recent game was good, but it wasn’t as highly celebrated as the other games in the franchise. Don’t you see the pattern here, Microsoft? The most recent Halo and Gears games are not as highly praised as the past games. I think that is a sign that you need to let them take a break for a while. Make an exclusive platforming franchise, make an exclusive RPG, fund something that isn’t a guy holding a gun!